Thursday, July 4, 2013

Cover Trend

Thursday, July 4, 2013
As book nerds often do, I love book covers. And I'll admit without shame that I am a staunch cover judger. (That isn't to say I would neglect a book because of it's cover- I'll just judge it harsher than Regina George would an ugly skirt.) My cover love is why I always get so excited for cover reveals, especially those on Epic Reads.

As I've been ogling the covers of upcoming YA books, I've noticed a trend. Let's call this trend the Text Plus Background Look. (Gosh, I've always been terrible at naming things. It's why all of my childhood stuffed animals were named completely unoriginal things like "Fluffy".)

What is the Text Plus Background Look?
(other than a terrible title?)

Basically, it's what it sounds like. You have the title, which is the main focus of the cover, as opposed to a person or picture. The background is fairly clean and isn't photographic.

A perfect example of TPBL? 
While the background has a gorgeous color combination, it's the title that demands the viewer's attention. (Seriously, take a moment to appreciate this cover's beauty. I'm swooning a little.)


Perhaps this trend started because the TFIOS cover ended up being so popular? (That would be ironic, considering how a majority of readers disliked the cover when it was first released.) However it started, I'm glad. I personally find this cover style gorgeous, especially since I'm not a huge fan of covers with real people on them. There's just something classic about the TPBL. Bravo, cover designers! Bravo!

How do you feel about this new look? 

9 comments:

  1. Done well, as those are (esp. Dear Killer & Side Effects May Vary) I think they're incredibly effective--more so than some stock image would have been.

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    1. Definitely! There's something much more appealing about this style than stock photos.

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  2. Well, one, it's totally COOL and not nerdy at all to like covers (and I say this primarily because I adore covers and completely judge all books based on their covers. And, yes, I shamelessly shun bad cover books).

    Two, LOVE your name for the trend. Simple and to the point. Genius. I too utilized the name Fluffy (first hamster), though that was a considerable step up the creativity ladder considering my stuffed animal dog was named Puppy and my stuffed animal rabbit was named Bunny. :P

    Can't say I like this new cover trend though. I'm a big fan of pretty dresses. Or even pretty pictures (like The Thirteenth Tale). I like people on the covers, but only when they match up perfectly with how I envision the characters. The text covers look far too much like adult books, which makes me think they're boring (see, horrible cover judging).

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    1. I think we should embrace our status as book cover judgers! It's what covers are there for, right? haha

      That's funny because the reason I love this trend is that it looks like a healthy balance between adult and teen. And the reason I don't like people on covers is that they rarely match the picture I have of them. To each their own! :)

      As for the whole name thing, I'm glad someone appreciated it! haha I've definitely pulled the whole dog stuffed animal named "Puppy" card before. (And then there were the stuffed animals I gave 5 names, all some version of "Fluffy/Snowy/Word-ending-in-y")

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  3. Omigosh, yes yes yes! We SO love this trend too. These are books we can proudly display not just on our shelves, but on our WALLS as ART, y'know?

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    1. YES. Can they please make giant prints of the House of Ivy and Sorrow cover a thing?! That would be AWESOME.

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